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seek truthSince the AP successfully pursued the release of court documents revealing Bill Cosby’s admission that he procured drugs to rape women, there has been a campaign to revoke his Medal of Freedom, which he was awarded in 2002.  When asked about the campaign and Bill Cosby’s conduct, President Obama said he couldn’t comment directly on a specific case, but what he could do was say that the action to which Cosby has admitted is rape:

“If you give a woman — or a man, for that matter — without his or her knowledge a drug and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape.”

When asked, our President said – in no uncertain terms – that drugging someone to assault them is rape.  That is not a small thing, and is especially noteworthy given the national conversation in which many defenders of Cosby continue to apologize or explain away his actions as something other than what it was: rape.  Viewed in this context, President Obama’s statement is very meaningful, and undoubtedly appreciated by many survivors.

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Peter Janci

Peter has represented more than one hundred victims of sexual abuse over nearly a decade. In Spring of 2010, Peter Janci served as part of the Plaintiff’s trial team in Kerry Lewis v. Boy Scouts of America — a child sexual abuse trial in Portland, Oregon that resulted in a $19.9 million verdict for the Plaintiff. Peter has tried a number of jury and bench trials, in addition to representing clients at arbitration and meditation. Peter has also helped obtain dozens of other significant settlements for other survivors of sexual abuse.